The Girl in the Red Coat, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This title was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award.

It was also shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

She is the missing girl. But she doesn't know she's lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather.

He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now.

As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift...While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.


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I have been given this book to read as part of a magaread via Dudley libraries and the book group I attend for review that may contain minor spoilers. Carmel is eight years old snd lives with her mom Beth. One day at a festival Carmel is taken by a man who claims he is her grandfather. He tells Carmel her mother has been in an accident and then later dies. Beth can't find Carmel and with all the help she can get she won't give up hope of finding het.This book I found compelling and I wanted to find out what was going to happen to both Beth and Carmel. I wouldn't say it was a page turner but there was enough to hold my interest. Had I have not been interested then I would have given up.The reason the grandfather took Carmel I found quite strange and couldn't at first make up my mind if Carmel could do what he thought. However it comes clear thst she can and I wasn't expecting that and at first thought it would ket thd book dow. It's not your uusual scenario so makes the book quite different and quirky.This book did make me think about how it must be awful to lose a child and have no closure. One case that did come to mind for me was that of Madelaine McCann and how she wa taken and has never been found. As a mother I found sone elements of the book quite touching.This book has bedn compared to Room, The Snow Child and Light Between Oceans which I have read all three. I personally can't see the connections and wouldn't have recommended this book if you have liked the other threeOverall for me I didn't love the book but it was a satisfactory read with an unusual content and quite a different type of read..